Breaking: Vice President's Office Breaks Off, Forms Own Government
Growing up, we all learned about the brilliant structure of the United States government. And any school child can tell you, it's all about checks and balances between the four branches:
"Your position was that your office 'does not believe it is included in the definition of 'agency' as set forth in the Order' and 'does not consider itself an 'entity within the executive branch' that comes into the possession of classified information,'" a National Archives official claims Cheney chief of staff David Addington wrote to him.
Yes, there's the legislative branch, the judicial branch, the executive branch, and the Ministry of Information.
In response to questions from Henry Waxman's office, Cheney's office asserted that it did not, in fact, exist at all. Then David Addington threw down a smoke bomb and disappeared, leaving behind only the echo of his laughter and his eerie disembodied smile.